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shoneeko
03-12-2012, 10:14 PM
I went to Indian Wells today, and late in the day, I saw Matosevic hitting with Tony Roche. It drew maybe 8 people at the most watching. I decided to stick around, hoping to get a picture and/or autograph with both, but mostly with Roche, being that he's a tennis legend. As they are walking off the court, I am the only one that approaches them to ask for an autograph. There is nobody else other than security guards for a 100 foot radius. Matosevic's response is "sorry, I am too busy, but Rochey has time for an autograph." Is it just me, or is this guy being an jerk? Maybe getting to his first ATP final is getting his ego out of proportion?

gavna
03-12-2012, 10:25 PM
I went to Indian Wells today, and late in the day, I saw Matosevic hitting with Tony Roche. It drew maybe 8 people at the most watching. I decided to stick around, hoping to get a picture and/or autograph with both, but mostly with Roche, being that he's a tennis legend. As they are walking off the court, I am the only one that approaches them to ask for an autograph. There is nobody else other than security guards for a 100 foot radius. Matosevic's response is "sorry, I am too busy, but Rochey has time for an autograph." Is it just me, or is this guy being an jerk? Maybe getting to his first ATP final is getting his ego out of proportion?

Hahaha you should have clearly said....that's ok I'm here for Rochey! Aside from that the kid needs to learn how to dress - that outfit last night (Asics) has got to be the worst looking kaka -

timmeh
03-12-2012, 11:02 PM
Sounds a bit disrespectful to Roche. Apart from that, I have no issues with the guy not wanting to sign an autograph. If he says he is too busy, i will take that on face value. Maybe he had some sort of sponsor event to get too?

joeri888
03-13-2012, 12:03 AM
I can understand your disappointment and this is exactly why I would probably never ask Federer, Hewitt, Roddick, Nalbandian or Karlovic for an autograph. Theyre heroes to me and I don't want them to fall of that cloud of mine.

Bacterio
03-13-2012, 02:13 AM
I remember reading some where that the pros feel weird giving autographs to adults because they're always wary of their intentions.

The article had a quote from someone saying that they will always give as much time as they can to children because they're going to grow up to be players and they want them to love the sport but that adults will show up with new caps and gear that the pro just feels like it's going to end up on e-bay.

treblings
03-13-2012, 02:26 AM
Hahaha you should have clearly said....that's ok I'm here for Rochey! Aside from that the kid needs to learn how to dress - that outfit last night (Asics) has got to be the worst looking kaka -

you beat me to it:)that would have been the perfect answer.

treblings
03-13-2012, 02:31 AM
I remember reading some where that the pros feel weird giving autographs to adults because they're always wary of their intentions.

The article had a quote from someone saying that they will always give as much time as they can to children because they're going to grow up to be players and they want them to love the sport but that adults will show up with new caps and gear that the pro just feels like it's going to end up on e-bay.

iīve read that myself, and it seems like a valid point. on balance though, i think that pros should focus on pleasing their fans.
in matosevic case(who is he, btw?), who would buy his autograph anyway?
on a side note, i would never buy an autograph thru some auction site, because they are to easily faked.

St. Bernard
03-13-2012, 03:29 AM
I did some work at an ATP tournament this year and got to meet Matosevic first hand and was not pleased with the way he carried himself, it was the same thing which you spoke about - he refused to sign autographs for kids after training sessions, rude to drivers and volunteers, just overall a bad attitude.

It isn't the Final getting to his head, it's just the way he seems to be, I don't know him on a personal level, but I have met him, and was appalled with his behaviour. Even people with bad reputations such as Azarenka were better received than him among the group I was with.

aphex
03-13-2012, 03:34 AM
I went to Indian Wells today, and late in the day, I saw Matosevic hitting with Tony Roche. It drew maybe 8 people at the most watching. I decided to stick around, hoping to get a picture and/or autograph with both, but mostly with Roche, being that he's a tennis legend. As they are walking off the court, I am the only one that approaches them to ask for an autograph. There is nobody else other than security guards for a 100 foot radius. Matosevic's response is "sorry, I am too busy, but Rochey has time for an autograph." Is it just me, or is this guy being an jerk? Maybe getting to his first ATP final is getting his ego out of proportion?

Due to the fact that you got upset and decided to start a thread about it on an internet forum, he clearly made the right decision.

jeebeesus
03-13-2012, 03:43 AM
Courier didnt sign autograph too. I saw him turn down a kid :cry:

Up&comer
03-13-2012, 03:50 AM
I remember that he said he wouldn't sign autographs until he was in the top 100. That was disrespectful to Roche, though.

treblings
03-13-2012, 04:00 AM
Due to the fact that you got upset and decided to start a thread about it on an internet forum, he clearly made the right decision.

why is that? canīt follow your logic, could you explain

aphex
03-13-2012, 04:04 AM
why is that? canīt follow your logic, could you explain

A person who gets upset over a tennis player's refusal to sign an autograph is obviously not very stable mentally.

Maybe the player diagnosed this when he was face to face with the autograph seeker.

(Even the act of asking for an autograph is kind of pathetic IMO)

DRII
03-13-2012, 04:06 AM
I remember that he said he wouldn't sign autographs until he was in the top 100. That was disrespectful to Roche, though.

Yes, this is correct. Recently when Mato... made his first final, the commentators were speaking about him; one said that Mato is a little unorthodox and has always refused to sign autographs until he makes it into the top 100.

DRII
03-13-2012, 04:12 AM
A person who gets upset over a tennis player's refusal to sign an autograph is obviously not very stable mentally.

Maybe the player diagnosed this when he was face to face with the autograph seeker.

(Even the act of asking for an autograph is kind of pathetic IMO)

Overly negative much?

We all are aware of the whole autograph business scheme. But, most are probably just fans wanting to commemorate their experience at an event or actually really like the player and would like an autograph...

treblings
03-13-2012, 04:16 AM
A person who gets upset over a tennis player's refusal to sign an autograph is obviously not very stable mentally.

Maybe the player diagnosed this when he was face to face with the autograph seeker.

(Even the act of asking for an autograph is kind of pathetic IMO)

thatīs an interesting way to see things:) iīm still leaning more to the theory that matosevic was just a jerk on that particular occasion. why would he direct an unstable person to his coach for an autograph? but i wasnīt there so itīs just guessing.

aphex
03-13-2012, 04:43 AM
Overly negative much?

We all are aware of the whole autograph business scheme. But, most are probably just fans wanting to commemorate their experience at an event or actually really like the player and would like an autograph...

I'm not aware of the scheme you're referring to...could you please elaborate?

I'm just saying that in MY eyes, asking for autographs is distasteful and somewhat pathetic...

DRII
03-13-2012, 05:35 AM
I'm not aware of the scheme you're referring to...could you please elaborate?

I'm just saying that in MY eyes, asking for autographs is distasteful and somewhat pathetic...

Alot of the people collecting autographs are doing so for dealers who end up selling the paraphernalia. Its a very large business worldwide.

Why do you consider asking for an autograph to be pathetic?

aphex
03-13-2012, 05:45 AM
Alot of the people collecting autographs are doing so for dealers who end up selling the paraphernalia. Its a very large business worldwide.

Why do you consider asking for an autograph to be pathetic?

I havent put much thought into it...I just find it needy and uncool...maybe pathetic was too strong a word, maybe "kind of sad" describes it better...

However, I know I'm not in sync with the general population and the worldwide celebrity culture...

I would never take a photo from my phone/talk to/seek an autograph from a celebrity, even people whose talents I admire...

St. Bernard
03-13-2012, 06:12 AM
I know a lot of people have reservations about signing autographs because they don't like the fact that a lot of stuff re-surfaces on **** later on, but there are a majority of us who simply admire the player and want something to remember their stay at the tournament by.

I have autographs and photos of players the likes of the Bryans, Gasquet, Hewitt, Ivanovic, Young and Harrison - because they are some of my favourite players (and the photo with Ivanovic because...well, yeah). I think it's unfair to think that people are trying to make money from it.

But I can understand Matosevic's attitude, if it's something he will stick by until he hits the Top 100, you have to respect that.

jaybear1909
03-13-2012, 07:04 AM
I heard he doesn't feel worthy of signing autographs until he breaks into the top 100.

MAXXply
03-13-2012, 07:44 PM
Sounds disappointing since Aussies are, by and large, pretty relaxed about these things. I'd be willing to put it down to a personality defect. I've witnessed Berdych shoo a young girl away with nothing, and Stepanek breezilly chatting to fans who stopped him when he was spectating courtside.

aphex
03-13-2012, 11:55 PM
Sounds disappointing since Aussies are, by and large, pretty relaxed about these things. I'd be willing to put it down to a personality defect. I've witnessed Berdych shoo a young girl away with nothing, and Stepanek breezilly chatting to fans who stopped him when he was spectating courtside.

Yeah, UTSA syndrome is a very serious hereditary condition that requires constant medical attention leading to various personality defects.

*UTSA=unwillingness to sign autographs

accidental
03-14-2012, 04:49 AM
Having seen a few interviews with matosovic I always thought he came across as a very arrogant and self entitled sort of guy. Always seems to be complaining about something. Just a very negative kind of guy in general I think

tipsytime
03-14-2012, 05:35 AM
Having seen a few interviews with matosovic I always thought he came across as a very arrogant and self entitled sort of guy. Always seems to be complaining about something. Just a very negative kind of guy in general I think

i agree. i have not met him, but just from what i see on tv he seems to have a negative attitude. but he has learned this behavior as well. too many challenger level guys have this disposition on the court as well as off, and it rubs off on you if you're around it enough.

it seems for the most part atp level players are happier and nicer. not sure if they play better because of a better attitude, or if they have a better attitude because they are playing well, making money and have a better lifestyle and living standard.

blackfrido
03-14-2012, 05:59 AM
who is Matosevic? I've never heard of him :) and never will (I guess, it's just his minute of fame)

djokovic2008
03-14-2012, 08:15 AM
Due to the fact that you got upset and decided to start a thread about it on an internet forum, he clearly made the right decision.

Why say that

Devilito
03-14-2012, 09:44 AM
why would you want his autograph anyway? Might as well get an auto from one of those random security guards. At least you got Tony Roche. About 100000x the tennis player Matosevic will ever amount to

Shaolin
03-14-2012, 09:51 AM
Everyone reading this thread should hound him for an autograph if they see him at a tournament. Then if they actually get one, act disappointed and say "sorry I thought you were someone else."

Devilito
03-14-2012, 09:54 AM
Everyone reading this thread should hound him for an autograph if they see him at a tournament. Then if they actually get one, act disappointed and say "sorry I thought you were someone else."

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